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Stopgap Bill Unveiled to Fund US Government Until January 19


FILE - Speaker Paul Ryan (center, right) addresses the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 14, 2017.

The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday introduced a bill to fund the government until January 19 while Congress works on longer-term legislation, the panel said in a statement.

The bill unveiled by Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen, a New Jersey Republican, would fully fund defense programs for all of fiscal 2018 and includes money for the Children's Health Insurance Program, the statement said.

Congress must pass a funding bill by December 23 to prevent a partial government shutdown.

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